Kolheim, Stewart win titles at Go-Hawk Girls Wrestling Invitational
By John Burbridge
WAVERLY — The Charles City Comets claimed two bracket titles and a pair of third-place finishes that both came after rebounding from semi-final losses to eventual champions during Tuesday’s Go-Hawk Girls Wrestling Invitational hosted by Waverly-Shell Rock.
Charles City senior 155-pounder Destiny Kolheim and junior 190-pounder Leah Stewart both emerged undefeated from their respective brackets.
Kolheim went 3-0 with a pair of first-period falls before she stopped Macie Graves of Cedar Falls late in the second period. A month into the season, Kolheim has already attained double-digit figures in fall victories and her only loss was a disqualification accessed to her during a championship bout during the Dan Gable Donnybrook held at the Xtreme Arena in Coralville the weekend before the Go-Hawk Invite.
A returning state-qualifier from last season, Stewart capped a 4-0 run at WSR with a 8-2 decision win in the championship bout against Boone’s Cadence Heggen. Two of Stewart’s wins were by fall.
In the 130-pound semifinals, Comet freshman Edie Collins took an early lead against Waverly-Shell Rock’s Lilly Stough before a reversal from the second period-starting down position led to Stough getting the fall victory before moving on to win the bracket.
Collins bounced back with a first-period fall win over Macy Brown of Fort Dodge in the third-place bout. All three of Collins’s wins were by fall.
Charles City senior 235-pounder Ava Thompson, a two-time state-tournament medalist and a returning state-qualifier from last season’s inaugural IGHSAU-sanctioned Girls State Wrestling Championships, was stopped in the final seconds of the second period during her semifinal match against Waverly-Shell Rock’s Madison Hinrichs, who went on to win the bracket.
In the subsequent third-place match, Thompson earned a 6-0 decision over WSR’s Ava Soesbe.
Other Comet wrestlers scoring “team points” at the invite include freshman Lillie Castor, who scored 7 points in the 125B bracket; and freshmen Alexuz Ohlendorf (110) and Nya Nosbisch (135), who each scored 6 points.